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Vin Mannix People: Palmetto High beauty chosen as W model from cast of thousands

Looks like Alexis Primous has gotten her first break toward a promising modeling career. The 2012 Palmetto High alum was selected from 1,200 entries nationwide as the winner of the Wmag Model Search.

A panel of fashion and modeling experts at W magazine and IMG Models reviewed photos and online videos of aspiring models from 45 states before choosing the dark-haired 20-year-old.

"I've never won anything in my entire life and this being the one thing that I win is totally OK with me," Alexis told contest officials. "It is amazing!"

Those close to her knew she had modeling potential.

"My family would always suggest it, but I never quite believed them," she said. "My grandmother once said: 'God gave you angles. Use them!'"

Alexis will be flown to New York for a photo session with W's fashion and style director Edward Enninful and fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti for W magazine. She will also receive a contract with IMG Models.

A solemn farewell to former Herald colleague Jon Sachtjen, who passed June 10 in Raleigh, N.C. A good man gone way too soon. He was only 41.

No distance is too far for Bob Singer when it comes to adding to his autographed baseball card collection. Once the Biloxi (Miss.) Shuckers opened their long-awaited $36-million MGM Park, Bob and wife, Lisa, made the trip. Besides wagering a few bob along casino row, Bob collected autographs from the Double-A Southern Leaguers, a Milwaukee affiliate, which played 55 consecutive road games before their June 6 home opener.

Uh, oh! Edie van Ostenbridge is one year shy of the Big 6-0!

That wily ol' stork is en route for Reagan Wells Smith and husband, T.R. They're expecting a boy. Due date is Nov. 20, grandpa Charlie Wells' 71st birthday.

Manatee school crossing guard Dennis Warren received some love from 40-plus Johnson Middle Schoolers before summer vacation. A school bus driver handed him a large gift basket from the students who were picked up and dropped off on his corner. It contained various gifts -- fruit, candy, candles, etc. -- and a thank you card signed by

each child.

That ol' Tennessee Volunteer tight end Gary Theiler is 65 years young Sunday.

Gus and Lisa Sokos are wed 28 years.

Cord Sandberg hit his first homer of the season and went 4 for 4 for the Phillies' Lakewood (N.J.) Blue Claws last Tuesday. Too bad it was in a doubleheader loss to the visiting Delmarva (Md.) Shorebirds in the South Atlantic League. The ex-Manatee Hurricane is batting .211 for the season.

Jeff and Denise Smith are married 36 years.

Robin Regal has retired after teaching 37 years at Manatee Elementary School. Congrats from boyfriend, Kevin Pumphrey; mom, Nancy Regal; brother, Ryan Regal; sons, Andrew Thomsen and Hunter Thomsen and his wife, Caitlin, and lifelong best friend Floy Hoppe.

Isaiah Colegio is 14. Cheers from grands, Sue and Jim, mom, Kristin, aunt, Alyssa, and uncles, Cody and Camden.

When former roommate Steve Traylor was starting the baseball program at Florida Atlantic University in 1981, one of his key players was a fiery kid nicknamed "Irish," who drove around chi-chi Boca Raton in a purple mail delivery Jeep with no doors. That "kid" is Pat Murphy, the new interim manager for the San Diego Padres.

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